African-American History Month Calendar 2015

A variety of events are taking place in Greater Memphis and the region.

2/9/2015, 1:29 p.m.
A variety of events are taking place in Greater Memphis and the region.
Beverley C. Robertson, who recently retired as president of the National Civil Rights Museum, received the 2015 Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 30th during the African American History Month opening reception at the University of Memphis Michael D. Rose Theatre. Holmon, the award’s namesake and a longtime University of Memphis administrator, is second from right (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

Originally started by Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week” in 1926, African-American History Month has evolved from seven days meant to highlight African-American history to 28. A variety of events will be taking place in Greater Memphis and the region.

Ballet Memphis presents four original works in its winter mixed-repertory show, “I Am,” which will run Feb. 20-22 at the Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper. Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. (Pay-what-you-can Community Day. Advanced reservations/purchase by phone or in person encouraged. $5 minimum for credit cards.); Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10, $22, $43, $72, with group rates available; For more info: 901-737-7322; visit

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis: Feb. 24, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Bluff Room (UC 308) – Hooks Institute National Book Awards Luncheon. Daniel Matlin, history lecturer at King’s College London will speak about his book, “Around the Corner: African-American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis”; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., River Room (UC 300) – Mapping Civil Rights and Tent City Website Release Event.

Christian Brothers University: Feb. 13 – Open Mic Night: “Ebony Expressions of Love”- poems, singing, etc., 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Feb. 12 – BSA and Student Life Movie Night: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

Created Equal Film Series: Feb. 12 – “The Loving Story” at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, 3030 Poplar Ave., Meeting Rooms A-C, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 19 – “The Abolitionists” at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 26 – “Freedom Riders” at the National Civil Rights Museum, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cossitt Branch Library, 33 South Front St.: “Sammy Davis, Jr., the Truth” will be at the library throughout February.

The Lemoyne-Owen College: Feb. 8-14 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Week; Feb. 14 – Mid-South Transplant Foundation and HBCU Wellness National Donor Day; Feb. 21 – Harambee Festival. Feb. 22-28 – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Week; Feb. 23 – Counseling Center, Making the Grade; Feb. 28 – National TriO Day Celebration. For more information:

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: On Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., curator and activist photographer, Matt Herron, will give talk related to the the exhibit “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” which opens Feb. 14 and features 157 black-and-white images by nine activist photographers from 1963-67. Numerous events are planned to coincide with the exhibition, including a free community day, a secondary exhibition with three local artists - Marcellous Lovelace, Frank D. Robinson and Siphne Sylve - and a photography exhibition running currently at the National Civil Rights Museum featuring images by Ernest Withers from the Brooks’ permanent collection. For more information:

Rhodes College: Feb. 18 – Communities in Conversation: Dr. Nell Irvin Painter presents “The History of White People” lecture from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., McCallum/Crain Reception Hall. Reception at 5:30 p.m., with a booksigning after the lecture; Feb. 24 – International Studies guest lecturer, Dr. Toyin Falola, will present a lecture on “African Immigrants in the U.S.” from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.